It‘s time to step away from the T-shirts and decorate a bag or two instead. Printed shoppers are the obvious starting point, but don‘t stop there – bags are perfect for over-the-top embellishments, so grab a tote and get creative. 

The sweet Penguin Cotton Shopper Bag from M&Co shows how you don‘t need many colours to make an impact. The 100% cotton canvas Carrie Tote (1001) in graphite from AS Colour is a great match with its slanted corners, and features reinforced shoulder straps.

The Penguin Cotton Shopper Bag from M&Co
AS Colour‘s Carrie Tote

For those looking for a bit more bling, meet the Sequin Shopper Bag from Accessorize. Embellished with multi- coloured chevrons, this bag will cheer up any shopping trip. A good starting point for those feeling inspired is the HDi Compact Shopper (R002X) from Result. It has self-fabric handles with contrast colour binding, is lightweight and quick drying, and is suitable for embroidery (as well as print and transfer), making it an ideal candidate for decoration with sequins.

The Sequin Shopper Bag from Accessorize
Result‘s HDi Compact Shopper

Sticking with the sequin theme – because sequins, in case you haven‘t noticed, have been big on the high street this year – we have the generously sized Rainbow Stripe Sequin Cosmetic Bag from Next. Decorators can create a similar look with the Linz Cosmetics Bag (SH4811) from Shugon at BTC Activewear. This rectangular style is suitable for screen printing, transfer and embroidery, and has a PVC internal lining.

Rainbow Stripe Sequin Cosmetic Bag from Next
Shugon‘s Linz Cosmetics Bag is available at BTC Activewear

The Lulu Guinness Glitter Lip Grace Clutch Bag from Amara is an extremely covetable style. Add glitter film to its imprint pair, the Westford Mill Canvas Accessory Case (W530), for a similarly sparkly clutch. The case is made from 100% brushed cotton canvas and has a vintage-style metal zip.

The Lulu Guinness Glitter Lip Grace Clutch Bag from Amara
Westford Mill‘s Canvas Accessory Case

The Black RI Monogram Flight Bag from River Island adds some subtle sophistication to this month‘s Trendwatch. A similar look can be achieved by using the Retro Flight Bag (BG016) from BagBase as your starting point. Made from 600D polyester, it has an adjustable shoulder strap and an internal valuables pocket.

The Black RI Monogram Flight Bag from River Island
The Retro Flight Bag from BagBase